Starting a new career can be intimidating, to say the least. This is especially true for those who have been in a specific industry for decades and are now second-guessing their profession. Is it worth leaving behind your old job and starting a new career at age 40? Would you even see success in your new role?
Every year plenty of people decide to make a career change and they reap the benefits of starting something new. While nothing is guaranteed, maybe the time is right for you to make the switch, too.
Be sure that you are starting a new career for the right reasons.
Before you choose to take the next step in your professional life, you should think carefully about what you want to do and why you are so dissatisfied in your current situation. By pinpointing the reason, or reasons, you feel this way, you can adequately assess whether your desire for embarking on a new career is valid and sensible.
For example, if you simply can't stand your employer or your colleagues, but you like the work that you do, maybe you should look for another job in the same field. On the other hand, if you do not enjoy the actual work, then you should consider changing careers.
Don’t overlook your past experience.
Once you are certain that you are ready to start a new career, review your resume to assess your previous experience. Although you may think that everything you've done so far doesn't amount to much, that couldn’t be further from the truth. You just have to know how to highlight your transferable skills when you're looking for a new job. Having abilities in one industry can be valuable in an entirely different field.
For instance, those who have been working in public relations since beginning their careers in their 20s have likely developed exceptional interpersonal relationship and oral communications skills that can be useful in many other professions, such as sales or consulting.
Sick of the office? How does your living room sound?
A change of scenery can do wonders. Starting a new career in your 40s with the intention of working from home can be a smart career move, as long as you consider the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. You'll need to choose a career that interests you and pays a good salary to keep you financially stable. This combination can prove to be quite difficult to attain. There are many legitimate work-from-home jobs available, but there are also quite a few scams out there. So, you have to be on high alert while you're job hunting.
Be sure to research the companies that you are considering before you apply. This way you'll get familiar with the work they do, and you'll know whether or not they are legitimate businesses.
You can start a new career at 40 right from home with the help of MPX! Read Randi’s story, here.